Indonesia protests: Burials of COVID-19 victims raise fears
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Indonesia protests: Burials of COVID-19 victims raise fears

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Disputes over the handling of COVID-19 victims’ bodies and the location of their graves has sparked protests in parts of Indonesia.

Many are concerned that the burials could spread the virus in their communities, despite reassurances from medical officials.

Al Jazeera's Jessica Washington reports from Jakarta.

Indonesia’s annual mudik (exodus), which begins with Ramadan, undermines the country’s efforts to stem the spread of Covid-19 as tens of millions cross the densely populated archipelago to return home. Despite an already overburdened healthcare system and the second-highest death toll in Asia after China, Indonesia has yet to declare a nationwide quarantine.

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